Cheat’s Fat Free French Onion Soup & October’s #CreditCrunchMunch

3 Ingredient Cheat's Fat Free French Onion Soup - Fab Food 4 All

It’s October so we’re well into Autumn and heading on our way to Halloween. I do love this time off year, the rustle of leaves, the golden colours, pumpkins, it’s all so warming. So for October’s Credit Crunch Munch I’d love to see your autumnal dishes but as usual you can enter any thrifty recipes. Do share the love and visit a few of the other blogs in the linky and leave a comment with the #CreditCrunchMunch tag. Helen and I love sharing your entries on Twitter so do tag us using #CreditCrunchMunch too. If you haven’t seen the September round-up head over to Fuss Free Flavours to see the 22 delicious entries we received!

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To kick off the proceedings I am entering this Cheat’s Fat Free French Onion Soup which we had yesterday and has only 3 ingredients! I had no intention of posting this and can’t actually take credit for it as it was my hubby’s idea! It tasted so good I took a couple of snaps for instagram but then thought if we enjoyed it then I’m sure you would and it’s so ridiculously easy too. I’d bought a tub of reduced red onions for 1p so needing to use them up and wanting something warming for lunch this soup came about. No fuss, barely any mess as I used our soup maker and so tasty from just some red onions and 2 different types of stock – we’ll be having this again and my son who is a huge fan of French Onion Soup also loved it when he tried it later!


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Cheat's Fat Free French Onion Soup & October's Credit Crunch Munch
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3 ingredient Ceat's Fat Free French Onion Soup is so quick and easy and yet so delicious!
Recipe type: Starter
Cuisine: French
Serves: 4
  • 320 g Red onion, sliced or dicedj (I used a tub)
  • 500 mls Beef stock (I used a stock pot)
  • 400 mls French onion stock (I used a Kallo stock cube)
  1. If using a soup maker place all the ingredients into it adding stock up to the maximum level and set to chunky soup setting.
  2. If using the hob, place all the ingredients into a pan, bring to the boil and then simmer under a lid for 20 minutes.
  3. Blend, leaving a bit of texture and serve with crusty bread.


3 Ingredient Cheat's Fat Free French Onion Soup - Fab Food 4 All

So back to ideas for Credit Crunch Munch, money saving topics could be:-

  • Dishes using cheaper ingredients – cheap cuts of meat or vegetarian
  • Meals using leftovers
  • Meals using up the ends of packets
  • Substitutions of cheaper ingredients
  • Packed lunches
  • Meals that use less energy to cook
  • Pressure cooking
  • Slow cooking
  • Faster cooking – less oven time for example
  • Batch cooking for the freezer
  • Sustainable foods
  • Food you have grown yourself
  • Meals from reduced food in the supermarket



To take part, simply blog about any money saving idea or recipe that is vaguely food related. We do a full round up so I will be mentioning all the recipes that are submitted.

There are a few rules
Please link to this post, and the Credit Crunch Munch page on Fuss Free Flavours.

Please use the Credit Crunch Munch Badge

Tweet using #CreditCrunchMunch and tag @FabFood4All & @FussFreeHelen

Closing date – last day of the month – 31st October 2015

You are welcome to link up one or two old posts, but please republish them

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If blogging a recipe from elsewhere on the internet or a book please be mindful of copyright

But feel free to send to as many other events as you like, let’s help everyone save money!

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We look forward to seeing your entries!

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  1. Sadhna Grover

    Hi Camilla,

    Thanks for hosting the party. i have linked two recipes, in both of them I have used pressure cooker. One is Halloween recipe of pumpkin halwa. Happy Halloween.

    1. Camilla

      Great Sadhna, thank you for entering:-)

  2. Margot @ Coffee & Vanilla

    The onion soup looks amazing Camilla!! I haven’t had one in a very long time… I really like idea of using red onions here, they are much milder and sweeter than classic white onions.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Margot, yes the red onions allow this to be quick soup:-)

  3. Heather Haigh

    Your soup looks delicious, perfect for this chilly weather.

  4. Alida

    Hello Camilla!

    I have tried several times but I cannot enter my recipe. Please can you enter it for me in the Credit Crunch Munch Linky.

    Halloween Spider Pizza


    Thank you!

    1. Camilla

      Hi Alida, Have had problems myself with linkies lately but they have gone through even though an error occurred. Have entered this now but when it came to adding a photo only 2 came up, I’m not sure if your file sizes are the isssue? Camilla x

  5. Elizabeth

    I’m feeling rather poorly today. I think this sort of soup would be just the thing I need! Yum!

    1. Camilla

      Oh no Elizabeth, yes good to keep your fluids up when you not well, get better soon!

  6. Charlie @ The Kitchen Shed

    I once followed a recipe for french onion soup and it took forever to make, I had to cook the onions for what felt like a lifetime and it had lots of other fussy ingredients. Needless to say, I never made french onion soup again. This looks like my kind of cooking though! I shall definitely have to give this a go.

    1. Camilla

      Exactly Charlie, sometimes you want some good and fast and this fits the bill:-)

  7. ema

    Love this recipe – so quick and easy and delicious. Love French onion soup and make it in the slow cooker a lot – but this is a fab short cut

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Ema – yes it’s surprisingly good:-)

  8. Sarah James

    What a bargain Camilla. Love the recipe and the idea of using red onion, perfect for this time of year.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Sarah, yes the red onions are perfect here:-)

  9. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    I love onion soup. It is what my mum used to make me when I was ill, so it has always been a favourite of mine.

    1. Camilla

      Aah thanks Dannii, love food memories:-)

  10. Sus @ roughmeasures.com

    Ah, it’s such perfect soup weather at the moment. This sounds lovely!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Sus, it’s definitely soup weather:-)

  11. May

    Love a cheat recipe!

    1. Camilla

      Same here May:-)

  12. Paul Wilson

    I always like to sweat the onions down as slow as possible for onion soup – seems to make them sweeter and adds a depth of flavour.

    1. Camilla

      Yes Paul that’s how we used to do it when I worked in catering but this Cheat’s version worked because of the red onions as they are far sweeter so you can get away with it here:-)

  13. Ickle Pickle

    Ooh I love soup in the winter – this looks delicious, I must try it. Kaz x

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Kaz, I’m sure you’ll love it:-)

  14. Fiona K

    It would be handy if you indicated whether a recipe is vegetarian or vegan or not in the recipe page header. Then we don’t need to scroll down to see the ingredients. Obviously, not necessary if recipe has a meaty name, but for some dishes it is not obvious from the title, for example a vegetable soup that uses a meat stock.

    1. Camilla

      Hi Fiona, I have tags at the top of all my recipes so if you don’t see the tag vegetarian or vegan then it won’t be either of these things – hope that helps.

  15. Sabina Sher

    I love the sound of this! With some nice buttered bread I bet it would go down a treat!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Sabina:-)

  16. Louise @ Birds and Lilies

    This looks really lovely, and I can’t believe it is so simple to make! I’ll have to try it x

    1. Camilla

      Glad you like it Louise do let me know what you think:-)

  17. Sarah Bailey

    I have to admit I have quite a love for soup – this sounds delicious.x

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Sarah, I’m sure you’d love this one too:-)

  18. Serena

    Not really keen on onion soup, but looks like a fairly simple recipe.

    1. Camilla

      I wasn’t either, try it, you might surprise yourself like I did:-)

  19. Jenni - Odd Socks and Lollipops

    This looks great.- I love soup – it’s such a lovely lunch for the autumn/winter.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Jenni:-)

  20. Kacie

    This looks delicious. My housemate has been on about doing a French onion soup so I will share this with him as a hint, hehe x

    1. Camilla

      Great Kacie, I’m sure he’ll love it:-)

  21. charlotte

    I have never been a fan of French onion soup. It is too wish washy for me. My husband loves it though.

    1. Camilla

      I was the same as you Charlotte but never found it wishy washy just too beefy and intense but this was just really nice, I think the red onions made a big difference.

  22. Catstello

    I hate onion but this soup sure does look good!

    1. Camilla

      That’s a shame, I can’t imagine cutting onion of of my diet!

  23. Alison Johnson

    Love French Onion soup so will really need to try this fat free version. The one I usually make is defintely NOT fat free! This looks just as tasty.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Alison, do let me know what you think!

  24. Rachel

    I do love French Onion Soup, this sounds delightful x

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Rachel:-)

  25. Anna

    Gosh your spam checker! made me think for a moment! Onion soups sounds like a lovely idea in cold evening!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks:-) It makes me do maths sometimes to log in myself – darn cheek LOL!

  26. Tori Gabriel

    Don’t you love soup at this time of year? It’s such an Autumny meal. I love pumpkin soup particularly.

    1. Camilla

      Yes, really need soup now the nights are getting chilly. I love pumpkin soup too and have a nice curried one on the blog:-)

  27. Emma T

    Onion soup isn’t one I’d usually choose, but it’s so simple to make, it’s a bit of a nobrainer really.

    1. Camilla

      Me neither, I’ve never like it but hubby’s idea has turned me:-)

  28. You Baby Me Mummy

    This looks so tasty and fat free is a bonus too x

    1. Camilla

      Thank you, it really was so tasty:-)

  29. Rosana @ Hot&CHilli Food and Travel Blog

    I love French Onion soup – so comforting! Your recipe is not only credit crunch but also very light. R

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Rosana – I hope you give it a try:-)

  30. Kim Carberry

    This looks perfect for this time of year….It sounds so simple to make too. Yum x

    1. Camilla

      Yes, so easy and tasty:-)

  31. Claire

    This looks absolutely delicious, real comfort food. I think I’ll be cooking this in the coming winter months x

    1. Camilla

      Great, thanks Claire:-)

  32. Jessica McDonnell

    This looks really good, I need to make this for my hubby 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Thanks, yes I’m sure he’d love it as it was my hubby who invented this recipe;-)

  33. Kavey

    Lovely to have some inspiration for fat free lunch options, looks delicious.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Kavey, yes I could do with a few more fat free recipes after all the fudge I’ve eaten!

  34. Diana

    wow a bag of red onions for 1p that’s amazing!! And I love this recipe so easy and sounds delicious! I’m thinking maybe adding croutons and cheese on top would be nice too?

    1. Camilla

      Yes that would be nice if you want to get away from the fat free vibe;-) Mmm imagining melted cheese on those croutons now…

  35. Roz

    my favourite soup of all time! will try this version, sounds so great and simple!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Roz. Funnily enough I’ve never been into it and do remember making it when I worked briefly in catering and it was a very long winded affair from memory!

  36. Choclette

    You are amazing with your bargains Camilla, I don’t know how you do it. We tend to use miso instead of stock in our soup which always gives a good flavour.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Choclette. I’ve never had miso and wouldn’t even know where to look for it in the supermarket?

  37. kellie@foodtoglow

    I find those Kallo stock cubes tremendously helpful – love the mushroom one. This is a super 3-ingredient, easy peasy soup for these cooler shorter days. At least they are still sunny for now!

    1. Camilla

      Yes it’s definitely starting to be soup weather and the Kallo cubes are great:-)

  38. Paul Wilson

    Looks warm and tasty.

    1. Camilla

      It really was Paul and I was not expecting to like this but hubby knew best:-)

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